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Dania Beach is Creating Community through Quality of Life Initiatives

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 2:33pm

-- Kick Off of At Home Dania Beach & Neighborhood Beautification --

City of Dania Beach, FL: Dania Beach’s history and unique charm is not lost in the city’s renaissance. The City of Dania Beach is reinventing itself through several quality of life initiatives that are transforming existing neighborhoods, while providing business and home ownership opportunities.

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, the City of Dania Beach and the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) hosted an event that showcases programs that will revitalize neighborhoods in the community redevelopment area.

The activities include the groundbreaking of empty infill lots for six new affordable homes that will be built in the Sun Garden/NW Byrd Point neighborhood, while close to 100 volunteers paint and landscape existing homes on the street through a grant-funded neighborhood revitalization project in conjunction with Rebuilding Together Broward County and The Home Depot.

“The program gives residents an opportunity to feel at home in their neighborhood and community, while fostering a greater sense of pride,” said Dania Beach City Commissioner Tamara James.

Last year, the Community Redevelopment Agency Board approved the At Home Dania Beach program, which is a comprehensive approach to transforming the residential housing landscape within the CRA district by reducing slum and blight, growing the tax base and improving

neighborhood aesthetics. The At Home Dania Beach program encompasses a simultaneous and multi-dimensional policy to enhance the residential housing environment through five strategies: beautification, acquisition and disposition, development, homeownership and trust fund. These strategies represent sub-programs that together serve to improve the overall residential housing market via simultaneous implementation.

Colynn Mae Jones, Dania Beach resident, said, “Thanks to the Dania Beach CRA for improving our street. I am happy for the work being done, our neighborhood is becoming anew with homes being developed and existing homes in our block being painted.”

As the gateway to air, sea and rail travel, the City of Dania Beach is positioned to be a premiere location for new residents and visitors. In the first quarter of 2019, there was a 46.67% increase in new businesses citywide as compared to the same period last year. Several new hotels, businesses and residential properties have opened in the last year and others are under construction.

“We are very excited about the momentum of the city’s revitalization and want everyone to have an opportunity to explore the renaissance of Dania Beach,” said Mayor Lori Lewellen, City of Dania Beach.

From performances at The Casino Dania Beach and unique art, furnishings and antiques in the Arts District to the renovated marina, beach and pier and its downtown hotels, restaurants and new residential developments, Dania Beach is a premiere location for new residents and visitors.

Dania Beach: Sea it. Live it. Love it.

Available upon request:

  • Renderings of the new At Home Dania Beach homes

  • Photos and video of kick-off event


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 1:48pm

Dania Beach, FL- The annual Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Dania Beach PATCH. The event will include over 10 eco-friendly activities and nearly 20 participating vendors will be in attendance. The festival is free of charge and will also feature a ladybug release by Love Our Nation, infused water activity by Heal the Planet, and an aromatherapy workshop by the Banyan House, all free of charge.

“The Dania Beach PATCH Earth Day Festival is a fun, informative, and interactive event to learn about environmentally-friendly and health conscious practices,” said CRA Executive Director, Rickelle Williams.

Other activities include a Zero Waste Discussion by Everything Earth Tribe, a bounce house for the kids, tours of the PATCH garden, seeding activities, scavenger hunt, and games on the green for children and families. During the Zero Waste lecture, attendees will learn practical steps to generate less waste in their daily lives, make their own products and more.

*The Zero Waste class is free, but it is $10 to make a bin in person – worms, guides, and bedding will be provided for the bins. Donations are accepted for the low-waste lecture.

About the PATCH
The City of Dania Beach has been recognized as a food desert in Broward County, lacking access to fresh and healthy food options. As part of its mandate to remove blighted conditions associated with the city, The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency transformed a vacant lot into what is now called the Dania Beach PATCH (People’s Access to Community Horticulture). The PATCH provides a source of affordable, accessible and sustainably fresh and locally grown produce.

The PATCH Market and Garden are open every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and weekly from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Interested vendors can call 954-924-6801 for more information. Visit the PATCH online for event updates, PATCH sales and volunteer opportunities on


Earth Day Festival at Dania Beach The Patch

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:08pm

Dania Beach The Patch
Dania Beach's Farm & Market
1201 West Dania Beach Boulevard

Earth Day Festival
Saturday | April 20, 2019

Lady Bug Release, Free Vendor Registration, Free Potted Plant And Patch Dollar Giveaway, Free Infused Water, Games On The Green, Garden Tour, Bounce-house, Music, Food Vendors And More!!

Free I EBT/SNAP receive 50% Off Florida-grown Produce
Shop Local • Eat Local
Shop Fresh • Non-gmo • Organically-grown Produce At Unbeatable Prices!

For Weekly Updates + More Info | 954.924.6801

Seventh Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration was a Cornucopia for the Senses from Palette to Palate

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:28pm

Dania Beach, FL: One lucky attendee of the 2019 Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration got more than just a taste of Chef Johnny Alarcon’s mouthwatering recipes – she was awarded an entire skillet of cooked paella. Chef Alarcon, the new executive chef at Luxe (located inside the Casino and Dania Beach), headlined along with three other chefs that also cooked up some of their favorite seafood dishes at the Chef Showcase, sponsored by Dania Pointe.

Close to 20,000 people attended the seventh annual, award-winning free festival, held on March 30 and 31, which was made possible with the generous support of major sponsors, Dania Pointe and the Casino at Dania Beach, 25 other sponsors, media coverage including Dania Beach Press and South Florida TV stations WTVJ/6 and WPLG/10, and 90 volunteers.

Dania Beach Mayor Lori Lewellen said it best, “The event is a reflection of our residents, our businesses, and our hospitality. We take great pride in presenting this award-winning event each year. It attracts audiences from near and far to catch a glimpse of the best of what Dania Beach has to offer.”

There was always a generous mix of visual, culinary and performance arts over the two-day celebration -- 78 artist booths, seven live bands, 22 food vendors and food trucks, four chefs, nine featured street artists creating paintings and sculptures live, a Kids Funville, and 50 tons of sand for the signature sculpture.

“I had a great lobster roll and with Shane Duncan Band in the house, there was great country and rock and roll music!” said Jackie Yanks Gonzalez, who opted to attend the Dania Beach event over other events that weekend. She was very happy with her decision and will be back again next year.

The Dania Beach Arts and Seafood celebration is produced by the City of Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) with the support of City Administration. The CRA is currently planning for the eight annual event next year, which promises to be bigger and better than this year.

For a list of sponsors, vendors, participants, and information for next year’s event, visit

Seventh Annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration Offers A Generous Mix Of Performance, Visual And Culinary Arts

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 4:41pm

Free, Two-Day Music, Fine & Craft Art and Food Festival is Bigger and Better Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31, 2019

Dania Beach, Florida: The City of Dania Beach and the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) proudly presents the seventh annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration on Saturday, March 30, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 31, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Frost Park, 300 NE 2 Street, Dania Beach, FL 33004.

The award-winning event is free and includes live music and entertainment, mouthwatering culinary chef showcase and tastings, visual arts, performance arts, art exhibitions, interactive activities, culinary vendors, dessert artisans, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Free event admission and parking at the Casino at Dania Beach.

“While you are here, we want you to experience the energy of the city’s revitalization and explore the renaissance of Dania Beach’s downtown, City Center and the Design, Arts & Vintage districts,” said Rickelle Williams, executive director, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

At the free festival, enjoy live music featuring the headlining tribute band, Chain Reaction: The Journey Tribute, as well as other musical offerings from The Big Rock Band, country music star Shane Duncan and R&B specialists J.M. and the Sweets and Deep Fried Funk. Dania Beach classic rock bands Whippin Post and the Hoodoo Blues band complete the musical lineup.

Bring your appetites to feast on an array of delicious seafood and specialty treats including a tasty culinary display from local culinary masterminds at the Chef Showcase. Chefs will use local and organic ingredients provided by the PATCH (Peoples Access to Community Horticulture), Dania Beach’s community garden and the largest in Broward County.

Event goers will also have an opportunity to experience hands-on arts and crafts while admiring and purchasing their favorite creations from fine artists of all genres. There is more than just viewing the art too. Watch and interact with local artists as they paint masterpieces at the street art live performance theater. There will be fun activities for children to enjoy at the Kids Funville.

“Dania Beach is Broward County’s first city and well-known for its vibrant arts and marine communities and what a better way to celebrate those assets than to present this family- friendly event that has been a big hit year after year,” added Williams.

Dania Beach: Sea It. Live It. Love It.
Major event sponsors include Casino at Dania Beach, Dania Pointe and Kimco.

For more information, visit, call 954-924-6801 or email

Photos, video clips, and interviews are available upon request.
Event poster unveiling will be held on March 14. Previews may be available.

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